It’s Team Acalanes as the county Academic Decathlon winners

Here’s a press release from the Contra Costa County Office of Education, which sponsored the 2010 Contra Costa Academic Decathlon. Jonathan B. Lance, the office’s Communications Specialist, writes that the team from Acalanes won for the fourth straight year in a row, and received the honors at a ceremony Wednesday evening. Other Walnut Creek teams competing were Northgate and Las Lomas high schools. The photos of the Acalanes, Northgate, and Las Lomas high teams come from Diane Morrell.

The top high school teams that followed Acalanes were, in order, Campolindo (Moraga), Miramonte (Orinda), and Pittsburg.The annual event, which was held over two consecutive Saturdays (January 30 and February 6), is directed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education (CCCOE), along with the assistance of numerous community volunteers. Close to 150 participating students had been studying and preparing for this event with their coaches since September. This year’s teams represent the following high schools:

Acalanes (Lafayette), American (Fremont), Antioch, California (San Ramon), Campolindo (Moraga), Freedom (Oakley), Las Lomas (Walnut Creek), Miramonte (Orinda), Northgate (Walnut Creek), and Pittsburg.  “The Academic Decathlon is an outstanding event, which challenges our students’ knowledge and learning skills,” says Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools Joseph A. Ovick, Ed.D. “My congratulations to all the schools and students who participated, I know they will never forget this experience. We at the CCCOE would also like to convey a big thank you to all the teachers and volunteers who made the event another success.”

The Academic Decathlon provides an opportunity for high school students to compete as individuals and teams in a series of ten academic tests and demonstrations including: art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science, essay, interview, and speech (both prepared and impromptu). The curriculum for this year’s event-ending team SuperQuiz was The French Revolution. Acalanes High School will represent Contra Costa County at the California Academic Decathlon that will be held in Sacramento March 12-15. Last year, the Lafayette high school was named as the overall Division III Team Winner in the California State Academic Decathlon. The National Academic Decathlon will be held in Omaha, Neb., April 21-24. 

This year’s Top Overall Academic Decathlon Individual Award went to Grace Ma, of Campolindo High School. The high school teams are made up of nine students, grades 9-12, with a maximum of three students in each of the following divisions: Honors (3.75-4.00 GPA), Scholastic (3.00-3.74 GPA) and Varsity (2.99 GPA and below). For the complete team and individual scores of the 2010 Contra Costa County Academic Decathlon, visit All statistics should be posted by early next week.

5 thoughts on “It’s Team Acalanes as the county Academic Decathlon winners

  1. Good Lord, why isn't everyone who reads this blog regularly jumping up and down about this posting?

    Here we have a bunch of really great kids doing something worthwhile and no one seems to be at all interested. These kids need and deserve our appreciation, encouragement and public acknowledgement. GOOD JOB!

    Do we only like to comment on the controversial and “glitzy” stories? If so, shame on us.

    Congratulations to Acalanes' AC team and good luck in Sacramento!


  2. Congrats to Acalanes. Even if our kids don't attend AHS, we're all proud of you.

    Good kids doing good things!

    We all wish you the best of luck!


  3. Anon 5:12

    Was that really necessary? How childish.

    The kids are super, intelligent, well rounded kids who take great pride in their work. No need to put them down. Celebrate them.


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